Prep Your Home for Sale

Outside Your Home

  • Cut the lawn every week during the marketing period.
  • Edge the lawn up the driveway and along the sidewalks (both front and back) for a finished look.
  • Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs. Fertilize your lawn to make grass look lush and green.
  • Replace downed shutters, gutters, downspouts. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Paint any trim that is blistering.
  • Repaint or re-stain the front door to create a pleasant first impression.

Inside Your Home

  • Paint rooms that look fingerprinted, worn of faded.
  • Have the wall to wall carpets and draperies cleaned.
  • Fix any dripping faucets. Perhaps only a new washer is needed.Replace old caulking around the bathtubs. This can be done with one tube of new caulking and putty knife.
  • Spray lubricant on all squeaking doors, windows, closets and cabinets.
  • Store out of season clothing so the closets do not have a cluttered look.
  • Remove items from the floor of walk-in closets so that prospects can have easy access.
  • Stack all items in the basement and garage against the wall to show maximum space.
  • Vacuum the garage, basement, rafters and all floors.
  • If there are too many appliances on the kitchen counter, put away some to expose maximum counter space.
  • Pre-pack items that may clutter your home. Extra toys in the children’s room and nick-nacs may actually make rooms appear smaller than they are.
  • Clean your home from top to bottom. A professional cleaning service can do this for you.